Central Market Hall, Budapest

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The largest and oldest indoor market in the city, Central Market Hall, offers a variety of food, candy, spirits, and souvenir stalls. Let your mouth water as you wander the first floor of this Neo-Gothic building past fresh produce, meats, sweets, spices, liquors, and wine. The second floor houses mostly souvenir shops and eateries, and the basement features butcher shops, a fish market, and pickled goods. Built in 1897 and restored in the 1990s, this market was the idea of Budapest's first mayor, Karoly Kamermayer, and is now one of the city's biggest tourist attractions. Try local specialties, such as deep-fried lángos. To visit Central Market Hall and other attractions in Budapest, use our Budapest day trip planner .
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  • Nothing special but fruits, vegetables and meats in a beautiful art nouveau building. Not to try hungarian kitchen.  more »
  • The grand market Hall of Budapest is a very nice place, close to the banks of the Danube (on the side of Pest). It is essentially a food market. Of course we must look closely. There is also a tourist trap among the many shops. And there are also places with a good and real Hungarian products at decent prices (don't hesitate to go all around to compare prices, which vary for the same product, almost from single to double).
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  • Central Market Hall is definitely worth a visit. The stalls are filled with delicious and fresh ingredients. And it is an experience just to stroll through and see the beautiful building.
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  • Loved this place!! Very easy to reach, and they were big. Quite cheap price and since it is a historic building, you can feel that there's really historical about shopping here. They mainly sell Budapest's signature hand craft and it's beautiful. Most of the seller can speak english so no worries. They also accept debit or credit card that make your shopping experience effortless. Kindly informed that this place closed around 6 pm so managing time to visit this place is a must if you don't want to miss the shopping experience here
  • Loved this market hall. It can get very busy after 11:00 am but if you get there as soon as it opens you'll usually find that it's just you and the locals. There are plenty of stalls here selling a wide variety of goods and foods. You can get fresh fruit, baked goods, goulash, fried foods, chicken, pizza... The list goes on. The prices are all pretty good too, as long ad you stick to simple items. For example; buying the goulash and adding extras such as sour cream, red cabbage or cheese soon adds up when you can just get the basic menu for a fraction of the price. I would definitely recommend this place for anyone visiting the city, you may be become a regular!
  • I love this place! It’s so alive and the produces are very fresh. The souvenir shops on the second floor have great but similar selections. It’s a excellent place to feel like a local without hurting your wallet. The food selections on the second floor are just okay to me but definitely come here for other things this place has to offer!
  • This building is amazing and the fresh produce levels (ground floor and basement level) are very cool. The food options are pretty decent without being amazing, my meal was in a display and then half warmed up in a microwave, so not exactly fresh. The upper level with crafts, gifts and souvenirs is really average. It's all the same stuff, all made in China and much more expensive than at other places around Budapest.
  • Lot of diversity in food and souvenirs BUT it's not the best, prices are higher than other places and some stuff looks like Chinese merchandise. I'd recommend visiting designer stores to get something authentic. If you are visiting during the end of the year I'd recommend visiting the Christmas market it is so much better!

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